pastil chair – 1967
One year after he had designed the Pastil Chair in 1968 Eero Aarnio received the American Industrial Award for this chair. The New York Times wrote about the Ball Chair and Pastil Chair at this time: “the most comfortable forms to hold up the human body”, and the Conran’s Design Dictionary says “they look like essays in period style, perhaps from Barbarella”.
Aarnio about Pastil Chair: “The Pastil shape can be looked at from many angles. The initial idea could be the same as in a Screw Table i.e. the product shape comes from a small sweetie, pastil, but in this case the idea was, that a lot of empty, cushioned space is sent to the other side of the world inside the Ball Chair. A new round chair would fit in this space, and so the diameter of the Pastil is the same as the opening of the Ball Chair.
I made the first prototype out of polystyrene which helped me to verify the measurements, ergonomics and rocking ability.tomato chair – 1971
Aarnio about Tomato Chair: “A product idea can come about in many different ways and here is one of them.
I realized that Pastil Chair floats and carries the person who sits in it in water but it is very rickety. If there were three items like two great armrests and the back of the chair would be stable, and this is how the idea of the TOMATO Chair was born. The name reflects its looks: looking at the chair from the front there are two round shapes i.e. two circles like in the word tOmatO.”
The Tomato Chair visualizes how Aarnio plays with round shapes.pony – 1973
Children are attracted by the bright colors and the uncoventional forms of Eero Aarnio’s designs. And especially the Pony looks like an overdimensional toy.
But it is not the toy Eero Aarnio has intended to create with the Pony. The dimensions are conformed to adult’s size.
The Pony shows the play of phantasy which is so characteristic for Eero Aarnio, and in a comfortable seat it might carry you to unknown fields of your own imagination.
Aarnio: “A chair is a chair, is a chair, is a chair … but a seat does not necessarily have to be a chair. It can be anything as it is ergonomically correct. A seat could even be a small and soft Pony on which you can ‘ride’ or sit sideways.”copacabana table – 1991
Eero Aarnio designed the Copacabana Table especially to go with the Pastil Chair.
The curved line of the table is to suit to the round shape of the Pastil. But the Copacabana has turned out to be a perfect small bench, too.
Due to the material it can be used outdoors, in pool areas and in bathrooms. It has even found it’s way to public swimming-baths and health resorts.screw tables – 1992
Aarnio: “I have always studied my surroundings, the nature, buildings, objects, out of scale, in which case big can be small and visa versa.
With this in mind a small metal screw serves the function of a table: a spiral part is a thin table leg and the head is the broadening table top. It is only a question of scaling. Naturally the same function and shape can be realized simplified but the outcome is very ordinary.
The shape of the screw gives the product added value and it gets your imagination and creativity going. You are an inch tall in the land of giants, where even the screws are almost your size.”parabel table – 1994
The Parabel Table was shown first at the International Furniture Fair in Cologne (Germany) in January 2002.
The table is made of fibreglass with 60cm diameter and 60 cm height. Eero Aarnio prefers the Parabel Table to be sold only in white as this colour especially marks out the sculptural elements.formula chair – 1998
The Formula Chair is the result of the challenge Eero Aarnio has had in mind for years: to combine the sculptural elements of his early fibreglass designs with the ergonomic solutions for comfortable sitting which are the most important aspects in his work on office chairs.
The Formula Chair Eero Aarnio says to be one of the best chairs he has ever designed. Slightly rocking back- and forwards it is a perfect chair for relaxing with a refreshing drink after a hard days work.
At the same time when Mika Häkkinen won his first Formula 1 worldchampionship, Eero Aarnio got his Formula Chair realized – happens there to be somekind of mysterious relation? At least Eero Aarnio is a Formula 1 fan.mushroom – 1960/1998
The Mushroom is one of the oldest designs of Eero Aarnio.
The first version was made of rattan and was a good running product in the early sixties.
Aarnio: “My first commercial design idea was a cane stool which I wove myself in 1954. In 1960 I expanded it into a whole family of products and found a manufacturer in Hong Kong.
The first fibreglass samples of these stools were produced in the 70’s, and the actual production did not start until in the end of the 90’s. The name of the cane stool was MUSHROOM in the US market, and because the fibreglass version is the same product, as far as shape, dimensions and function are concerned, they were given the same name.”parabel dining table – 2002
For the Parabel Dining Table Eero Aarnio has chosen his favourite material, fibreglass, as only this material allows such a free and expressive design – again a sculpture. And there are only few such long lasting and easy to care materials to meet the needs of a table surface.
Aarnio says: “When designing new items like Parabel Table, in my case, there is a lot of inspiration and very much craftsmanship and technical knowledge.”
The Parabel Dining Table has a diameter of 130cm (or oval 164cm x 110cm) and gives room for at least six chairs. At the same time when he designed the Parabel Table the Focus Chair took shape in Aarnio’s mind. The combination of these two models show the spirit of Eero Aarnio’s designs.
The Parabel Dining Table was shown first at the International Furniture Fair in Cologne (Germany) in January 2003.tipi – 2002
What would the design and Eero Aarnio be without humour. Nearly thirty years after the Pony a new animal popped up in Eero’s mind and here it is – the TIPI.
And as for the Pony it goes as well for the Tipi:
“… a seat does not necessarily have to be a chair.”
It is just another funny seat and a highlight for every room.
Aarnio always is interested in learning about new ways of production and seeing , if they are appropriate to realize his ideas of design – a maximum liberty of formation.
So he found the “rotation moulding” – a way of working with plastic (in this case MDPE medium density polyethylene) which offers mostly the same possibilities for design as fibreglass, used for the Pastil Chair or Ball Chair but much more cheaper in production getting a high quality result. This interesting combination Aarnio wanted to try out immediately.